City Talks

Wednesday March 22nd, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Harry Sutcliffe, Skiers near the Sir George-Etienne Cartier Monument, Montreal, about 1935. Gift of Peter, Paul, Robert and Carolyn Sutcliffe, M2011. © McCord Museum

Commemoration Conundrum: Toponymy, Bronze work or Contemporary Art tributes?

City Talks

Controversy surrounding political decisions to rename streets or parks in honour of deceased figures illustrates the sensitivity to certain memories in the collective landscape. What should be done to commemorate individuals or milestones with dignity and relevance? How do we recognize and enhance the city’s commemorative and toponymic heritage? And ultimately, who decides?


  • Bernard Vallée, Tour guide and speaker specializing in history, heritage and urban issues, Montréal Explorations
  • Jérôme Delgado, Journalist, Le Devoir
  • Francyne Lord, Former Head of Public Art Bureau, City of Montreal (1989-2016)

City Talks is a series of lectures bringing  together city thinkers and builders to share their views on current practical urban issues affecting Montrealers.

The lectures are followed by an informal and friendly chat over a glass of wine.
Location:  J. Armand Bombardier Theatre at the McCord Museum

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Not to be missed!